Thursday, October 23, 2014

12 Weeks Til Christmas Countdown: Week 4


Week 4!  Can you believe how quickly these weeks are flying by!!!?!  Today's card is another card I just love!  I was inspired by this card by Martha.  I loved how peaceful this card is with just the little polar bear!  I did change mine up a little though.  I really wanted to 'frame' my bear.  I don't know why but I kept thinking of this card and it always had a silver frame.  So I went with it.  I made the frame by cutting a square that was about 3.5x3.5.  Then using my paper cutter I cut another square out of the center of the square.  The smaller square is about 2.5x2.5.  So I was left with a .5 inch frame.  If you have the square framelits you can do the same thing with the framelits.  I've had a hard time convincing myself that I need the square framelits because I can cut a square, I can cut a square out of a square see where I'm stuck :)
Now we have the frame, we need the polar bear.  I fussy cut him out. I know some people don't like to fussy cut, I actually do!  Weird?  Maybe, but I enjoy it! I used some All Is Calm DSP for the background and just cut some random hills for the polar bear.  To finish the card I added a greeting and some sequins.  It's really lovely in person and I think the frame brings everything together.   

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Glitter Covered Leaves


Because is there anything better than glitter covered....anything!!?!  Nope I don't believe so.  That's why these gold glitter covered leaves are THE BEST!!!  I saw this card, that was made by Teneale Williams as a wedding card.  As gorgeous as it is, I wanted more of a fall theme to my leaves, so I went with our gold glitter.  The leaves are from the Holiday Catalog, they're the Autumn Wooden Elements.  I love them but as wood I find them hard to add to cards and projects....until now.  I do also want to mention that this card is a 3x6 card.  With the leaves going vertically I wanted a slender tall card.  A while ago SU used to sell envelopes for this size card.  I still have some, that's how I choose my card size.  You could always make a coordinating envelope with the Envelope Punch Board though :)
Back to the leaves, how to get the glitter on the leaves.  Teneale used Tombow to cover her leaves then sprinkle glitter over them.  I wanted to see if our Heat and Stick Powder would work.  So I smooshed my leaf into a Versamark pad then covered it with Heat and Stick.  Then sprinkled the gold glitter over it.  The heat and stick worked, but there were some loose pieces of glitter that didn't adhere as well as I would have liked.  I think next time I will try the Tombow, I think you'll get full, better coverage with Tombow.  To solve my 'loose glitter' problem, which I'll point out wasn't a big deal but I live with an anti-glitter guy, who is of the belief that IF glitter must be used, it MUST be attached so it won't come off and get tracked through the house and eventually end up on him.  {eyeroll}  So, back to my 'loose glitter' problem, I simply covered my leaves with a thin layer of Crystal Effects.  I actually LOVE this so much more than just glitter covered because now it's glitter covered, shiny leaves!  And the glitter, it's not moving! 
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blendabilities and Stained Glass


When this set, Gentle Peace, was released it instantly went on my must get list!  Fortunately for me I had to place one last order last week for my Stamp a Stack this weekend which meant I could add it on.  I love the stained glass look.  I don't know if it's because I grew up in a church with huge, beautiful stained glass windows or if I just love the image.  Either way I knew this was a set I had to have!  I also knew that this was a set that I would be coloring with my Blendabilities.  I won't sugar coat this, it took a long time to color, about half of Frozen :)  It took awhile because even though the image as whole is pretty large, each little piece is pretty small I colored every square, rectangle, whatever shape individually which added a lot of time.  But I wanted it to look like a real window. 
If you've ever looked at a stained glass window carefully you know that the way it's all fused together (I really don't know what you call it) makes the light come in and shine differently through each part.  I colored it the way I thought it might look in real life.  For the greeting, it needed something on the front, but the image is so big that any additions would cover up the picture that I spent half of Frozen coloring.  That's why vellum is so great!!!  I embossed the smaller greeting on vellum and wrapped it around, gluing it on the back to hold it in place.  The vellum adds the greeting but doesn't take away or cover too much of the image.  This is such a fun set!  I'll be coloring it lots more!!!
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Scarecrows


Go grab some coffee or whatever you drink in the morning, this post is a loooong one, but worth it so stick around!  My friend and downline Michelle (who does the BEST scrapbooking weekends!!!) hosted a scrapbooking weekend in Raton, NM (northern NM) over the weekend.  She sent me this link via Pintrest and asked if I could make her 15 scarecrows for her weekend.  Of course I jumped on that opportunity!  How often do you get the chance to make 15 scarecrows.....ummmm never???!  I checked out the link, worked up a couple of them and started pulling them together.  They were a little more time consuming than I thought they'd be but once everything was cut and sponged they went together quickly. 
I'll list the punches and what I used each punch for on the bottom.  These guys are not small, they're a good size but soooo cute!!!  He's about 9 inches tall, not counting the legs.  The first model didn't sit up on his own so I needed to create a 'stand' that I could attach to the back.  I don't have a picture of that but I used the cardboard that come in the DSP packages and cut about a 6x1 inch piece folded in half and used that.   
I took pictures in stages with my cell phone, often at night, often after the kids were in bed, often in the living room watching TV with Dan.  They're not the best quality but you get the idea of how they all came together.  The legs are our thin cello bags filled with gumballs, then stapled to the inside back piece.  This stage I think took the longest because I was slightly OCD and the each set of legs had to have the same color of gumball in the same position.  They're all different, but each set of legs match each other.  I hope that makes sense.  But it turned into me dumping bags of gumballs into big bowls so I could find the right color :) 
There were times when I worked in the car, waiting for Logan to get out of school.  I packed up the bodies and arms in a large stamp case and took it with me.  The cases fit everything perfect and the sponging got done quickly.  I'm always one to multi task!   
One of the last steps was the heads. I needed lots of space for the heads to dry so I started utilizing every flat surface I had including the kids Cars table.  My desk was far to cluttered to use and I needed to lay them out, it worked!  Here's all the punches and framelits I used:
Scarecrow
Hat: 3 Inch Circle Die, (retired but you could use the circle framelits) cut in half and use 3/4 inch circle to punch out notch in hat, in Soft Suede.
Brim of hat: 1x4 piece of cardstock with rounded corners in Soft Suede.
Head: 3 Inch Circle Die (retired but you could use the circle framelits) in Crumb Cake.
Eyes: 3/4 Inch Circle Punch in White and 1/2 Inch Circle Punch in Black.
Nose: Christmas Tree Punch in Pumpkin Pie.
Smile: 2 smallest ovals from the Oval Framelits, cut together to create an oval frame in Black.  Cut in half.  1/4 Inch Circle Punch in Black.
Body: Top Note Die in Not Quite Navy.  You need a front and back.  I hand cut the overalls for the front.  Use Top Note for the shirt too with DSP.
Arms: 1x4 piece of DSP, fold over 1/2 inch for the sleeve. 
Shoes: XL Oval in Soft Suede. 
Crow
Body: 1-3/4 Scallop Circle in Black.
Wings: 1-1/4 Scallop Circle in Black.
Eyes: 1/2 Inch Circle in White and 1/4 Inch Circle in Black.
Beak: Heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack in Pumpkin Pie.
Feet: Boho Bloosom in Pumpkin Pie.
 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Megan's Frozen Card


Megan's birthday is tomorrow.  She'll be 4.....wow!  I've mentioned here more than once that Megan is a fan of, that Megan likes, that Megan loves, that Megan is {completely consumed with all things Frozen related, is growing her hair in hopes of having "Elsa hair", walks around singing the songs (mostly to the dismay of her older brother), plays for hours with her Frozen dolls, watches the movie at least twice a week and recites it} obsessed with Frozen.  Yes that is my life.  Dan made the mistake once of calling Anna, 'Queen Anna'......he was forced (by Megan) to sit and watch the movie with him so that he clearly understood the difference between Queen ELSA and Princess ANNA.  Yes it's true, that's my life!  Can you relate????  Since it's her birthday I didn't think she'd be happy with just any card, I knew a Frozen one was in her future but what????  My first thought was I'll print up some coloring images and make her a mini coloring book that would double as a card.  So I printed a couple images just to test sizes and if my idea would work.  Next thing I know I'm coloring the images myself with my Blendabilities.  My head exploded, the printer ink wasn't bleeding into the image, I now have the power to print and color ANYTHING!!!!  I was stinkin' excited.  I'm so pleased at how this image came out. 
The image did print a little pixelated but it's not too bad and I'm pretty sure Megan won't care.  I did have to sneak into her room and "borrow" one of her Frozen books so that I could see how Anna's dress was colored.  I couldn't quite remember (normally I listen to the movie while Megan watches because I'm doing other things around the house) and I wasn't about to ask Megan and admit that I didn't know what Anna's dress looked like for fear that I would have to sit and watch the movie with Megan pointing out every detail to me :)  I love our Blendabilities Markers and now that I know I can print and color a whole new world has opened up!!!  Happy Birthday to Megan, I hope she likes her card :)
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

12 Weeks Til Christmas Countdown: Week 3


It's week 3 of my Countdown to Christmas!!!!  Are you having fun counting down.  I am!!!  The last two weeks I've shared treat holders you could give to family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, anyone really!  It's a great way to spread Christmas cheer.  Today I have a card.  I adore this card and I'm so pleased with how it came out.  Normally I'm one to 'fear' the white space and often come up with ways to embellish and 'fill it in'.  I'm here to tell you, there's no fear in the 'white space'.  Sometimes the best cards are the ones that are simple and let the images speak for themselves.  Plus without all the extra embellishments this card is Post Office friendly and you could mail it without a padded envelope or extra postage (you know what I'm talking about!). 
I used the stamp set from the Holiday Catalog, The Newborn King, but instead of stamping the whole image, I used my Early Espresso Marker to color only the nativity scene.  I stamped and punched that out.  Then colored it in with my Stampin' Write Markers.  I punched another piece of cardstock for a window for the image.  I stamped the star in Hello Honey and added small dots to resemble other stars with the Hello Honey marker.  Finally for the greeting I used my markers again and cut out the 'newborn king' portion just to highlight it.  This is so pretty!!!  Remember don't fear the 'white space' :)
 
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Chevron Thank


I have another thank you card for you today.  I don't think you can ever have too many thank you cards.  This one is simple and you can mass produce this one in no time!  I'm loving all the embossing.  I hope you're a fan of embossing I've been embossing EVERYTHING lately :)  I started with the background on this card and used my Chevron Background stamp and embossed it in white on white.  I love this tone on tone embossing, you can also use clear, I just love white on white :) 
The greeting is embossed with gold and then layered on some of the gold foil paper.  If you have silver do it in silver.  Black would also be stunning, Cherry Cobbler would work ....should I go on....?  I love the shimmer from the foil paper and the embossing. Finally to finish it, because there's not enough shine punch a heart from Real Red glimmer paper (or any glimmer paper!) and attach it.  PERFECT!!!!  I told it was simple and quick and gorgeous! I'm going to make a stack of these!!! 
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shimmery Thank You


This card is so shimmery and sparkly in real life, the pictures aren't doing it justice.  Before we get to the sparkle though, let's talk about the rest of the card.  I wanted an ombre effect, I love the way it came out.  I knew I wanted the colors to blend together almost seamlessly so I pulled out my watercolor paper.  You can saturate this paper and blend the colors so well.  I started by stamping and embossing my greeting in Clear Embossing Powder.  Then I started watercoloring.  I got the entire piece of paper really wet.  The colors just blend on their own without any help if you paper is nice and wet.  I started on the bottom with Pink Pirouette, because this color is so light I needed a lot of it.  Then I moved up using Strawberry Slush, Melon Mambo and finally Rose Red.  The colors all blended together well.  Once that was dry it needed something......sparkle! 
I thought of lots of different ways to add it and finally I decided to paint it on.  I've mentioned before that I've used the Vanilla Smooch Spritz to paint on shimmer, I love doing this!!!  I spray my Smooch Spritz into a little plastic cup (I do this often enough that I keep a plastic cup on my desk now).  Then with a paintbrush just paint it on.  I love using our Smooch Spritz like this because it gives more control and you can determine how much and exactly where you want the shimmer.  It's so sparkly, I LOVE it!!! 
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Monday, October 13, 2014

MDSing Mania!


It didn't occur to me that I missed posting on Friday until Saturday, late Saturday.  The kids were on fall break for Thursday and Friday, that messed with my schedule.  Dan took Friday off that really messed with my schedule.  All day Thursday I thought it was Saturday, all day Friday I thought it was Saturday....you see where I'm going.  All my days were mixed up and ran together.  But I did get some MDSing done over the weekend.  I'm on July of this year so the end, or at least getting caught up is in sight!!! 
I'll be attending my downline Michelle's scrapbooking weekend in November---Yay!!!!  I'd really love it if I can get all my scrapbooking done before the weekend, hee hee!  I know that sounds funny but there's so much creativity flowing through that room that I find it hard to sit at a computer.  I'd much rather have paper and ink in my hands.  The more pages I can get done now, the more paper time I have then :)
Here's a few of the pages I've gotten done, I've been doing a lot of cropping and changing objects.  None of the pages are complicated or fussy just simple, fun and tell the store that I want told.
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

12 Weeks Til Christmas Countdown: Week 2


It's week 2 of my 12 weeks of Christmas Countdown!  I have another 'sweet treat' for you today!  This little box was so easy and it's so stunning in person.  There's so much shine and glitter it's beautiful!  The box is a 3x3x1 box, the gold glitter on top is 2.5x2.5 :)  Yay!! The top of his belt is a 1.5 inch square....covered in Crystal Effects!!!  That's what gives you that AMAZING shine!!!! 
This box is so easy to assemble!  You need a 5x9 piece of cardstock, score the short side at 1 and 4, score the long side at 1, 4, 5, 8.  That's all the scoring, and it's whole numbers, no fractions---don't you love that :)  I'm all about easy!!  While you cardstock is in the landscape position, cut up on the short tabs until you get the long horizontal lines. Flip it over and do it again.  The tabs get glued to the sides and you assemble so easy! 
This box fits 9 Hershey Kisses perfectly.  If you wait a few weeks, they'll probably have the Christmas wrapped ones in the stores so they'll match better than my purple ones :)  The silver or gold wrapped ones would be great but those are milk chocolate, I'm not a fan of milk chocolate :)  The tag inside the box was done on MDS and printed at home.  It says: "Santa's been busy granting your wishes, so he dropped off this box of Santa Kisses."  This was copied straight from Pintrest.  I'm not a poet, I'm sure you know it! (lol---I amuse myself). 
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